Murchison Falls Conservation Area—Budongo Forest
Murchison Falls National Park is part of the larger Murchison Falls Conservation Area, which encompasses about 2,100 square miles in total. South of the park and within the conservation area lies Budongo Forest, famous for its chimpanzees and birds.
Budongo Forest has one of the most varied forest ecosystems in the whole of East Africa. The 500-square-mile forest reserve has more than 465 plant species, 250 butterfly species, and many mammals—including the biggest population of chimpanzees in Uganda.
Learn more about seeing chimpanzees in East Africa.
In addition to the 600 to 700 chimpanzees, other primates in Budongo Forest include red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus, blue monkeys, pottos, and various forest galago species.
Birdwatching in Budongo Forest
Budongo Forest is also an incredible experience for bird lovers! More than 366 bird species have been recorded here, including 60 West or Central African birds found in fewer than five places in East Africa.
Mornings are a great time to enjoy birding along the Royal Mile in Budongo Forest. Once a popular stop for Ugandan royalty to rest on their journeys, the Royal Mile is a superb birding spot with a variety of sought-after species, including the African crowned eagle, Nahan’s francolin, Sabine’s spinetail, blue-breasted kingfisher, piping hornbill, hairy-breasted barbet, yellow-crested woodpecker, fire-crested alethe, lemon-bellied crombec, rufous-crowned elemomela, gray-headed sunbird, and western black-headed oriole.